evening, a primetime speech from the national defense university in washington. elsewhere in the region, the arab uprising appeared to gather force today. protesters in syria, in yemen and in jordan took to the streets, and arab dictators fought back, sometimes with deadly force. ron allen joins us now from amman, jordan, with more. ron? >> reporter: good evening, lester. yes, jordan had been relatively quiet until a stunning outburst of violence here today. syria was even worse, with more dead and wounded on the streets, as so many people in this part of the world continue their fight for their rights and freedoms. as thousands of syrians took to the streets again today, a crackdown. witnesses say president bashar assad's security forces opened fire. more than 50 people killed, according to human rights activists, in the town of daraa, epicenter of the uprising. video posted on the internet the only images of the carnage. >> the only way that assad can stay in power is by being brutal.